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Based The Common  Word Initiative,   World Interfaith  Harmony Week was first proposed to  the UN  
UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan. Just under a month  
later, on October 20, 2010, it was unanimously adopted.                                                                        

World Interfaith Harmony Week seeks to bring together all people of good will, regardless of faith, to  
learn about each other and find ways to work together on common agendas.                                       

Our Toronto Steering Committee held its inaugural  meeting at the offices of the Catholic Diocese of   
Toronto on October 21 2012, Our first events were organized for World Interfaith Harmony Week 2013   

Our  third year  program was internationally recognized which is a testament to the vibrant interfaith  
community in the Greater Toronto Area. We are grateful for their continued support and participation.  

 
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Vision
We are committed to creating a world characterized by peace, social justice and a sustainable environment
by cooperating with efforts around the world to bring about interfaith cooperation and intercultural dialogue.

Mission
To create and widen awareness of World InterfaithHarmony Week within the GTA,
and to help plan, conceptualize, facilitate and co ordinate its events.

Values
We respect all faiths and beliefs and peoples of goodwill, and believe there is great value
in knowing each other and working together.


               Our Team

  John B Voorpostel, CPA, CA, CMB
  Chair and Steering Committee Founder

  Rev Michelle Singh
  Interfaith Minister
  Vice Chair

  Yasmin Ratansi L M.P.

  Member of Parliament for Don Valley East
  Steering Committee Founding Member

  Pastor Tuula van Gaasbeek
  St Philips Lutheran Church
  Steering Committee Founding Member

  Tim Hackborn

  Metropolitan United Church

  Sid Ikeda
  Japanese Cultural Centre

  Khadijah Kanji
  Noor Cultural Centre

  Jackie Kovacks
  Intercultural Dialogue Institute

  Pandit Suraj Persad
  University of Toronto

   Zahid Rafique
  Islamic Supreme Council of Canada 

  Daniel Schild
  Darchei Noam Synagogue




  Past Members Gratefully Acknowledged

  Paul McKenna 2012-2016
  Scarboro Missions
  Steering Committee Founding Member

  Father Damien McPherson 2012-2014
  Catholic Diocese of Toronto
  Steering Committee Founding Member

  Leslie Mezei 2012-2013






















      

                    Video Of Canadian
         House of Commons Recognition





























































 

In 2015, We Were Internationally Recognized For Our Program

Our Formal Recognition Was Accompanied By a Cash Prize In The Amount Of $5000 US
We Continue To Share That Prize By Providing Financial Aid To Event Hosts

 


 

In 2016, We Were Formally Recognized By Canada's House of Commons For Our Efforts

 




 

In 2016, Our Petition To Canadian Parliament To Officially Recognize
The UN Declaration In Canada Was Officially Read Into Hansard


 


 
     
     
     

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